I learned this morning of the passing of a dear friend of mine and of Huntingdon County’s tourism industry. Rob Schrack was well-known in the area for his real estate brokerage, but also for is generosity. A leader in the community, Rob engendered a spirit of camaraderie, and was always willing to answer the call to serve a greater purpose. Whether it was professionally in real estate or auctions, civically in service to boards and committees, spiritually in service to his church, or personally in his many friendships and most of all to his family, Rob always joined shoulder to shoulder with others and shared the load of whatever the task-at-hand was.
One of my first real experiences with Rob was accompanying him on his houseboat, “Expect A Miracle,” on a tour of Raystown Lake. He shared with me that there was nowhere he would rather be, than at the helm of that boat on Raystown Lake. He tirelessly championed Huntingdon County as a wonderful place to visit, live, and raise a family.
For the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau, Rob was always willing to pitch in. Even before his service on the board of directors, Rob was a fantastic volunteer, helping to found and grow a very successful Wake Up Reception series that has become a cornerstone of visitor and member services for the Bureau. When we needed tents for an event, Rob not only delivered tents, but also showed up with an army of volunteers to erect them. When the AmTrak service to Huntingdon was threatened, Rob brought and ran the sound system on a cold March morning rally to show local support for the service.
For me personally, I will miss my friend’s wise counsel. I could always rely on Rob for sound advice when faced with a delicate issue.
All of us at the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau are saddened by the loss of our friend, and our hearts go out to the Schrack family and his coworkers. For many of us, the miracle he told us to expect was embodied by Rob himself.
Happy sailing, my friend!
Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau